The great slime debate: to borax or not to borax?

Has your house been hit by the slime craze yet? If it hasn’t, I see it in your future very soon. Buddy came home from preschool asking to make some slime a few weeks ago. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I happily obliged. I knew enough about slime to know it was easy to make. But I also knew … Read More

An Open Letter: Everyone else isn’t doing it wrong

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This one’s for the mom who goes to dinner and wants to approach every family whose children are watching a screen. Or the one who walks in and out of the grocery store thinking “my kids will never act like that.” And especially to the moms who have ever written an online “open letter to the moms who do X”, this one’s for … Read More

Direct sales: when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em

How many times have you opened Facebook and cringed because of a friend’s post? It could be something embarrassingly stupid, TMI, or overly lovey about a significant other (they’re clearly compensating for something). But the cringiest of all cringe-worthy posts are the sales posts. We all have at least one friend who spends her entire day on Facebook. She’s constantly … Read More

Road Trip Essentials (when you’ve got the kids in tow)

This post contains affiliate links. For our family, summers mean some serious time on the road. Whether it’s 2-3 hour trips to visit family and friends or a 10+ hour road trip to get the beach, our minivan racks up the miles in June through August. And I’ll be honest, our van’s DVD player gets a workout on these trips. … Read More

DIY Kinetic Sand: Does it work?

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This post contains affiliate links. We’ve all seen that BabyFirstTV video. The one where they throw together some sand, corn starch, dish soap and water and they have high quality kinetic sand that looks oddly similar to the stuff sold in stores. Take a look through the comment section of that video and you’ll find a number of people who claim … Read More

How to start the day with an attitude of gratitude

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There are all sorts of concepts and skills that we, as parents, are supposed to teach our children. But do you know the one thing we won’t ever have to teach them? How to be selfish. That’s one of my pastor’s favorite lines. And it’s true. I never sat Turtle and Buddy down and said “okay, kids, this is what … Read More

DIY Abacus: a math activity for kids

I am not the craftiest person on the planet. But when I take time to make something myself, I want it to be useful. This holds true with the activities that I do with my kids, as well. My preschooler, Buddy, loves to count everything. And Turtle, the 2 year old, does her best. With 2 kids who seem to have … Read More

Why you should stop telling my kid to be careful

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It’s a hard thing to tell a well-meaning adult to stop telling your kids to be careful. Especially when they’re a close friend or family member. But seriously, unless someone is in real danger, stop telling my kids to be careful. Let them play! I’ll admit that Turtle and Buddy play hard. They like to run, climb, slide, jump, hang … Read More

5 tips to get your kids to read more

This may come as a surprise to you but not everyone loves to read. I know, I know, it’s quite the bomb to drop. Take a moment to compose yourself. I was a reader from the start. My favorite thing in the world was to read out loud to an audience of stuffed animals. While my bears enjoyed my theatrical readings, … Read More

Sleep: the magic phrase that keeps my kids in their beds

Turtle turned 2 a few months ago. She’s still in a crib but we’ve been having issues getting her to sleep through the night recently. I know it’s normal. But that doesn’t make it any less exhausting. Picture this: a 2 year old who’s been a really great sleeper since she was about 14 months old suddenly stops sleeping through … Read More